Our Battle With Temptation (Part 2)

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Yesterday we answered the questions, “What is temptation and where does it come from?” Today we learn how to gain victory.

1. Be resolved
We cannot negotiate with temptation. If we do, we’ve already lost the battle. We must, by God’s grace, learn to develop a strong will that says “no” to temptation when it first strikes. We will not be 100% successful, but we will experience growing victory as we develop a firm resistance and steely resolve. Make no mistake, we must flee temptation and not dally with it. Eve’s mistake in the garden was lending her ear to the evil one.

2. Be watchful
Because we face powerful temptations from within and without, we must stand guard over our hearts. We should ask God for help and assistance in times of testing. In fact, we need to maintain an open line to God throughout the day. Be especially watchful for those temptations that spring up from nowhere and take us by surprise. Here are some encouraging verses that command us to be watchful:

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).

3. Be honest
If you have sinned, confess it to God immediately. Do not cover it up or seek to hide it. God knows anyway, and will forgive the repentant believer caught up in a sin (1 John 1:7-9; 2:1-2). It’s important to keep short accounts with God. He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins. But we must confess it and ask God for help to overcome it.

4. Be on course
The Bible tells us we are on a blessed, but narrow path. We need to keep spiritual focus and not go where we could compromise our faith. We should avoid situations and relationships that drag us down and invite temptation.

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you” (Proverbs 4:25).

Ask God for the strength to end relationships that do not honor Him, and to walk in a straight and narrow path that leads to blessings, peace, and lasting fulfillment.

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